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Baby Arugula Butternut Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

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This salad has become my newest favorite! It combines so many great fall flavors with the added bonus of being packed with superfoods! The peppery arugula against the sweet roasted butternut squash, crisp fall apples, sweet and tangy cranberries and the buttery crunch from maple roasted walnuts will make this your new favorite too!

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Forelle Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

You've had this type of salad before with pear, blue cheese, walnuts and cranberries, but this Maple Vinaigrette makes this salad spectacular!

This all began for me in the produce section. I turned the corner to grab a bunch of pears when I spotted these cute little tiny Forelles! I couldn’t resist. When the checkout girl asked me if they were good, I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “I have no idea. I just bought them because they are adorable.” That pretty much sums up how I shop!

You've had this type of salad before with pear, blue cheese, walnuts and cranberries, but this Maple Vinaigrette makes this salad spectacular!

Forelle pears are small, creamy and very sweet. They are best eaten raw and because of their size, perfect for a salad. They are in peak season right now. Buy them when they are firm and greenish. Leave them out on your counter for a few days and they will become a bit golden with flecks of red. Eat them while they still have some firmness to them. Once they get soft (if they give to gentle pressure) they become a bit too mushy for my taste.

You’ve seen this pairing a lot. Pear, blue cheese, walnuts and cranberries. Not the most original salad I’ve ever made, but once I read that Forelles have an undertone of cinnamon, I knew what I wanted to do with the dressing. The dressing is made with a bit of pure, sweet maple syrup. It’s pretty spectacular. The maple compliments the pears so well and gives the dressing a richness without being overpoweringly sweet.

So, I may have terrible shopping skills, but sometimes, like this…it pays off.

You've had this type of salad before with pear, blue cheese, walnuts and cranberries, but this Maple Vinaigrette makes this salad spectacular!

 

Forelle Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

8 C. mixed baby greens
4 – 5 Forelle pears, cut into eighths and cored
1 C. blue cheese crumbles
1 C. walnuts, coarsly chopped and toasted
1 C. dried cranberries (substitute dried cherries if you like)

Maple Vinaigrette
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
1 T. pure maple syrup
2 t. Dijon mustard
1 t. sea salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/3 C. extra virgin olive oil

On four large dinner plates, divide the salad ingredients in the order listed.

In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing.

Pour some over each salad and serve.

Serves 4 large dinner size salads

Notes:

  • This salad works best composed on large dinner plates as opposed to being tossed in a large bowl. If you’d like to prepare this in a bowl, cut the pears into cubes so they can be tossed easily.

 

You've had this type of salad before with pear, blue cheese, walnuts and cranberries, but this Maple Vinaigrette makes this salad spectacular!